The Fetal Center at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, is a national leader in providing complete care for mothers with high-risk pregnancies and babies with congenital anomalies or genetic conditions. The center is led by Anthony Johnson, DO, and Kenneth Moise, MD, both Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists, and Kuojen Tsao, MD, Pediatric Surgery.
The Fetal Intervention Fellowship Program was approved by the state of Texas and the Graduate Medical Education Office of UTHealth in early 2012, and the first fellow was enrolled in July of that same year. This renowned program has received referrals not only throughout the state of Texas, but from many other states as well including, but not limited to Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
The fellowship is two years in length with one fellow at each level. Fellows will be appointed through the Graduate Medical Education Office of UT School of Medicine at Houston. Salaries are commensurate with previous levels of training.
Each fellow will be supervised by four fetal medicine attending physicians who have more than 80 years of cumulative experience. World-class fetal cardiologist, Helena Gardiner, MD, also works side by side with the fetal medicine attending in the ultrasound reading room.
Clinical activities take place in the outpatient area of the UT Professional Building, the inpatient service at Memorial Hermann Hospital and the operating rooms of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Fellows will scrub and participate in all surgical procedures, and in many cases, will progress to primary surgeon. The fellow will also rotate on various clinical services that work directly with the fetal intervention program including pediatric cardiology and MRI.
Unique, hands-on clinical skills will be obtained in the following areas:
- Evaluation of complex fetal congenital anomalies by ultrasound and MRI
- Laser ablation of placental anastomoses in the treatment of severe twin-twin transfusion syndrome
- Ultrasound-guided shunt placement in the fetal thorax or bladder
- Intrauterine transfusion
- Radiofrequency ablation and cord coagulation in the treatment of complicated monochorionic multiple gestations
- Open fetal surgical repair of myelomeningocele
Fellows are required to participate in active and ongoing research. Over the course of the program, the fellow will develop, direct, and complete a minimum of one major project and manuscript.
An ACOOG or ABOG-certified residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a three-year fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine is required to apply for this program.
Applicants interested in the fetal intervention fellowship program should send their curriculum vitae, a personal statement as to why they would like to pursue the fellowship and three letters of reference by June of their second year of MFM fellowship to:
Kenneth J. Moise, Jr., MD
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and Pediatric Surgery
Director, Fetal Intervention Fellowship Program
The Fetal Center TM
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 700
Houston, TX 77030